Man with disability awaits Police answers

A person living with a disability, who was the subject of ridicule and harassment perpetrated by a policeman last month, is still awaiting answers from the Police top brass.

Vern Lusiano, of Leauva'a, told Samoa Observer that he had written letters to both the Office of the Ombudsman and the Samoa Police Service, in relation to a April 17 incident at a police roadblock where he alleges he was ridiculed and harassed. 

Mr. Lusiano said that the Office of the Ombudsman responded to his letter of complaint against the police treatment on April 28.

The Office of the Ombudsman acknowledged his complaint and advised that they have also written to the Police in relation to the issue, and that they will be working together with the National Human Rights Institution to conduct human rights training and awareness, among the members of the Police.

He has been advised that the Special Investigations Unit will monitor the progress of his complaint. 

But Mr. Lusiano said that he has not heard anything from the Police regarding his letter, though there were reports of the policeman in question getting sacked, but he has seen him at work.

Mr. Lusiano said he heard that the police officer who was involved was terminated, however, he said he saw him at work one day.

"I heard that he was terminated, but I got off work one day and he was on traffic duty at Vaimoso, so I'm not sure what happened," Vern added.

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